“To be honest, I expect everything,” Jokic said. “I expect them to play straight up; I expect them to put maybe a small on me and then come with a big guy. I expect really everything. It’s a playoff (series). I’ve never been there. Probably the team is going to try to do everything. Not just to me, to all of our players.” Murray and Jokic both said they trust Malone to guide them through all the scheming and adjusting. The fourth-year Nuggets coach has sat down Murray at various times this season for talks that have helped get him back on track as he slumped. Over Denver’s last eight games in the regular season, Murray averaged 5.3 assists to just 1.3 turnovers. That run came on the heels of a seven-turnover stretch over two games in late March that led to a meeting between coach and point guard. Malone showed Murray a video clip of his miscues, demonstrating how he was leaving his feet to pass or eschewing easy passes in favor of riskier deliveries. It’s coaching Murray has craved, imploring Malone at the end of last season to ride him even harder going into his third year.
April 20, 2019 | 6:39 pm EDT Update
Derek Bodner: Jimmy Butler on the altercation with Jared Dudley: “I just don’t think you should run up on anybody,” Embiid interrupts him to add “especially because the block was all ball.”
Vincent Goodwill: Embiid and Butler at the podium together. Embiid on the importance of winning: “We don’t want to be like the Warriors…(3-1).” Butler: “And that’s my (bleeping) cue.” Gets up, walks off podium and out of room
Missouri State forward Tulio Da Silva announced Friday he will declare for the NBA Draft, however he will maintain his college eligibility by not hiring an agent.
April 20, 2019 | 6:23 pm EDT Update
Matt Velazquez: Dwane Casey says Blake Griffin will go through warmups and they won’t know until right before the game if he will play. Said Griffin is feeling “much, much” better but the situation with his knee remains “tenuous.”